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Cavaliers center Jarrett Allen, who has been sidelined since March 6 due to a fractured finger, has shed his splint and has his injured finger wrapped with black tape, writes Chris Fedor of However, sources tell Fedor there’s still pessimism about Allen’s potential availability for Cleveland’s play-in game vs. Brooklyn on Tuesday.

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© Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports Cleveland Cavaliers center Jarrett Allen won’t likely see the court on Tuesday night.

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One of Fedor’s sources said it’s “unrealistic” to expect Allen to play on Tuesday, while another said that Cavaliers head coach J.B. Bickerstaff is preparing to be without his All-Star center.

“I can’t give you an exact timeline,” Bickerstaff said before Sunday’s regular season finale. “He’s doing more and more with that hand. It’s just a matter of time.

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“It’s a structure thing first and foremost. You always want to make sure that it’s as healthy as it possibly can be. In his position, the banging that he does, on the rim, like blocking shots, all those things. Then it becomes pain tolerance. Then strengthening and his ability to use that finger. But he’s making steps. It’ll be one of those things where the day will come and he’ll be ready to go.”

If the Cavaliers can’t get by the Nets on Tuesday, they would face either Atlanta or Charlotte on Friday, with the No. 8 spot up for grabs. One source who believes Allen will miss Tuesday’s game thinks it’s “50-50” that he’d return on Friday, according to Fedor.

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Here are a few more injury updates from around the NBA:

  • Mavericks star Luka Doncic will undergo an MRI on his strained left calf on Monday to determine the severity of the injury and a potential recovery timeline, tweets veteran NBA reporter Marc Stein.
  • Appearing on 104.3 The Fan in Denver, Nuggets president of basketball operations Tim Connelly said it’s “100%” up to Jamal Murray if he returns from his ACL injury this season. “We want him to feel no pressure, want him to know that the organization has his best interests in mind,” Connelly said (Twitter link via Mike Singer of The Denver Post). “… He’s done a great job in rehab, he looks really, really good.”
  • Lakers forward LeBron James underwent an MRI on his left ankle in Los Angeles this weekend and didn’t make the trip to Denver for the team’s regular-season finale, Frank Vogel told reporters on Sunday (Twitter link via Dave McMenamin of ESPN). Presumably, the Lakers will be able to share more information on the results of that MRI at Monday’s exit interviews with the media.
  • Knicks head coach Tom Thibodeau confirmed that RJ Barrett avoided a worst-case scenario when he injured his right knee earlier this week and has been diagnosed with just a sprain. The team anticipates Barrett will be back to 100% for offseason workouts in about a month, says Marc Berman of The New York Post.

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Cavaliers C Jarrett Allen unlikely to play in Tuesday's play-in game
Cavaliers C Jarrett Allen unlikely to play in Tuesday's play-in game
Cavaliers C Jarrett Allen unlikely to play in Tuesday's play-in game
Cavaliers C Jarrett Allen unlikely to play in Tuesday's play-in game
Cavaliers C Jarrett Allen unlikely to play in Tuesday's play-in game
Cavaliers C Jarrett Allen unlikely to play in Tuesday's play-in game
Cavaliers C Jarrett Allen unlikely to play in Tuesday's play-in game
Cavaliers C Jarrett Allen unlikely to play in Tuesday's play-in game
Cavaliers C Jarrett Allen unlikely to play in Tuesday's play-in game
Cavaliers C Jarrett Allen unlikely to play in Tuesday's play-in game
Cavaliers C Jarrett Allen unlikely to play in Tuesday's play-in game
Cavaliers C Jarrett Allen unlikely to play in Tuesday's play-in game
Cavaliers C Jarrett Allen unlikely to play in Tuesday's play-in game
Cavaliers C Jarrett Allen unlikely to play in Tuesday's play-in game
Cavaliers C Jarrett Allen unlikely to play in Tuesday's play-in game
Cavaliers C Jarrett Allen unlikely to play in Tuesday's play-in game
Cavaliers C Jarrett Allen unlikely to play in Tuesday's play-in game
Cavaliers C Jarrett Allen unlikely to play in Tuesday's play-in game
Cavaliers C Jarrett Allen unlikely to play in Tuesday's play-in game
Cavaliers C Jarrett Allen unlikely to play in Tuesday's play-in game
Cavaliers C Jarrett Allen unlikely to play in Tuesday's play-in game
Cavaliers C Jarrett Allen unlikely to play in Tuesday's play-in game
Cavaliers C Jarrett Allen unlikely to play in Tuesday's play-in game
Cavaliers C Jarrett Allen unlikely to play in Tuesday's play-in game
Cavaliers C Jarrett Allen unlikely to play in Tuesday's play-in game
Cavaliers C Jarrett Allen unlikely to play in Tuesday's play-in game
Cavaliers C Jarrett Allen unlikely to play in Tuesday's play-in game
Cavaliers C Jarrett Allen unlikely to play in Tuesday's play-in game
Cavaliers C Jarrett Allen unlikely to play in Tuesday's play-in game
Cavaliers C Jarrett Allen unlikely to play in Tuesday's play-in game
Cavaliers C Jarrett Allen unlikely to play in Tuesday's play-in game

Redrafting the 2017 NBA Draft

The 2017 NBA Draft will go down as one of the more infamous drafts in the past decade as it featured a monumental bust at the top of the draft in Markelle Fultz – a seemingly “can’t-miss” point guard prospect out of Washington who got injured and subsequently lost the ability to shoot the basketball to the point where he needed to stop playing basketball to try to fix his yips. Adding insult to injury with this pick, the 76ers traded a future first round pick and the no. 3 overall pick to move up to select Fultz. Meanwhile, the Celtics used that no. 3 pick to draft the one true superstar in this draft at no. 3 in Jayson Tatum. Imagine what the Sixers could have been had they not drafted Fultz? Well, imagine no more – here’s how the 2017 NBA Draft plays out if it happened today.

1. Philadelphia 76ers: Jayson Tatum (3)

Original Pick: Markelle FultzAs great as some of the other options are for the Sixers here at no. 1, Philly will turn in the draft card to Adam Silver the second the draft begins and select Jayson Tatum (assuming the Celtics actually traded them the no. 1 pick again in the alternate reality). This draft class has a handful of future All-NBA players, but Tatum is the only future MVP of them all. Tatum made the leap to an All-NBA player this past season where he averaged 23.4 ppg., 7.0 rpg. and 3.0 apg. on 45-40-81 shooting. Imagine if the Sixers had nailed this pick and had Tatum, Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons all on the same squad!?!

2. LA Lakers: Donovan Mitchell (13)

Original Pick: Lonzo BallDe’Aaron Fox and Bam Adebayo is justifiable options here, but Donovan Mitchell seems to be built for (or at least the most ready for) the bright lights of LA, especially considering what has happened since this draft. After averaging 24 ppg., 4.4 rpg. and 4.3 apg. on 45-37-86 shooting in the regular season, Mitchell ascended into superstardom this postseason, averaging 36.3 ppg., 5.0 rpg., 4.9 apg. on 53-52-95 shooting in a seven-game series loss to the Conference Finalist Nuggets. He scored 57 points in a Game 1 loss and 51 points in a Game 4 win. The Lakers grab him here and have a much better setup for the future for when LeBron arrives in the 2018 offseason.

3. Boston Celtics: Bam Adebayo (15)

Original Pick: Jayson TatumBam Adebayo gets the call over his college teammate, De’Aaron Fox, here at no. 3 because of his offensive and defensive versatility. Fox might be a more mature version of John Wall, but Adebayo might be a bigger and more athletic version of Draymond Green. Not sure which is better, but the latter is rarer. Bam made a leap this past season where he made his first All-Star Team, first All-NBA Defensive Team, and averaged 15.9 ppg., 10.2 rpg. and 5.1 apg. He’ll anchor the Celtics’ defense for the next decade in this alternate reality.

4. Phoenix Suns: De’Aaron Fox (5)

Original Pick: Josh JacksonSuns fans: Close your eyes and picture De’Aaron Fox flying down the court in transition and dishing the ball out to Devin Booker for wide open shot after wide open shot every night. Sounds pretty nice, eh? That’s what life could have been like had Phoenix had they just selected Fox over Josh Jackson back in 2017. They could have had (by far) the best young backcourt in the NBA. Fox seems poised for stardom after averaging 21.1 ppg. and 6.8 apg. last season.

5. Sacramento Kings: John Collins (19)

Original Pick: De’Aaron FoxIt’s a shame that Jumpin’ John Collins was suspended 25 games for PEDs last season because it may have stunted his growth and role on the team. After a breakout season his sophomore year (19.5 ppg., 9.8 rpg. and 56-35-76 shooting splits), his numbers and efficiency increased in season three (21.6 ppg., 10.1 rpg. and 58-40-80 shooting splits), but he was relegated more and more to being an observer on offense with Trae Young’s breakout. In this redraft, the Kings lament missing out on Fox, but know that they at least get a guy who can put the ball in the bucket, grab some rebounds and excite fans with jaw-dropping dunks.

6. Orlando Magic: OG Anunoby (23)

Original Pick: Jonathan IsaacOG Anunoby is a good NBA player. How good? It’s difficult to assess right now because he’s spent his first three seasons on a team dead-set on winning the title. He showed a ton of promise guarding LeBron James in the 2018 playoffs, but then became an afterthought in his sophomore campaign due to the arrival of Kawhi Leonard, Pascal Siakam’s breakout and some untimely injuries, including an emergency appendectomy that caused him to miss the entire postseason. He showed signs of being a high-level role player in the 2020 playoffs, averaging 10.5 ppg., 6.9 rpg. and 2.2 blocks+steals and hitting an all-time great buzzer-beater in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals to keep the Raptors afloat.

7. Minnesota Timberwolves: Lauri Markkanen (7)

Original Pick: Lauri Markkanen While Lauri Markkanen’s draft position won’t change, his team will – I’m going to go ahead and render a guess that the Bulls won’t be trading Jimmy Butler in a deal to acquire Zach LaVine and Markkanen this time around. Thus, T’Wolves, who didn’t make much use of Butler either, select the sweet shooting big man to play alongside Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins and hope that the increased floor spacing leads to more wins.

8. New York Knicks: Lonzo Ball (2)

Original Pick: Frank NtilikinaInstead of selecting a defensive-minded point guard who can’t shoot in Frank Ntilikina, the Knicks select a defensive-minded point guard who can sometimes shoot in Lonzo Ball. That’s selling Ball a little too low as he’s a stellar passer and especially excellent in transition. New York takes him in the redraft and hopes that he can continue to improve on his three-point shot like he did last season where he shot 37.5 percent.

9. Dallas Mavericks: Jarrett Allen (22)

Original Pick: Dennis Smith Jr. At no. 9, the Mavericks take the talented, but raw big man out of Texas over the talented, but raw point guard out of NC State. Jarrett Allen dominates around the basket on both ends. He shot 64.9 percent from the field last season and has averaged 2 blocks per-36 minutes for his entire career. Given his physical gifts, the Mavs will expect him to be a cornerstone big man for the next eight to 10 years.

10. Sacramento Kings: Kyle Kuzma (27)

Original Pick: Zach Collins In 2017, the Kings traded the 10th pick to the Blazers for picks 15 (Justin Jackson) and 20 (Harry Giles). The Blazers probably “won” that trade, so the Kings aren’t going to repeat history this time around. Instead, they’ll sit tight and draft Kyle Kuzma, a talented, but inconsistent scorer out of Utah. This past season, Kuzma’s scoring dropped from 18.7 ppg. to 12.8 ppg., but he improved his overall game, especially his defense…and it helped him win a title with the Lakers. Unfortunately for Kuzma, he won’t be winning a nearly as early in his career in this alternate reality as the Kings have been a dumpster fire for nearly two decades.

11. Charlotte Hornets: Derrick White (29)

Original Pick: Malik MonkThe Hornets don’t get cute with the no. 11 pick as they select a consistent two-way guard in Derrick White. In addition to being an good defender, he’s a solid shooter (career 47-36-82 shooting splits) and can create a little offense for himself (11.3 ppg., last season) and others (3.5 apg. last season). It’s not a sexy pick, but it’s a pick that will drive winning – and the Hornets can never have enough of that.

12. Detroit Pistons: Thomas Bryant (42)

Original Pick: Luke KennardThomas Bryant, a big-time recruit that underperformed a bit at Indiana, fell all the way to pick no. 42 back in 2017, and eventually landed with the Lakers. The Lakers, however, didn’t see much potential in Bryant and waived him, after which he exploded onto the scene for the Wizards, averaging 10.5 ppg. on an NBA-best 68.5 two-point field goal percentage. He won’t slip so far this time around as the Pistons scoop him up at no. 12 and know that they’ll have a replacement for Andre Drummond in the future.

13. Denver Nuggets: Dillon Brooks (45)

Original Pick: Donovan Mitchell At this point in the redraft, teams are looking for starter-caliber players. Dillon Brooks is already an above-average three-and-D player for the Grizzlies. Brooks averaged 16.2 ppg. for the upstart Grizzlies this past season. His physical style of play and competitive spirit would make him an ideal fit around Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray in this redraft reality.

14. Miami Heat: Luke Kennard (12)

Original Pick: Bam AdebayoAlthough Pistons fans will always rue the day they took Luke Kennard over Donovan Mitchell, that doesn’t mean that Kennard is a bad pro. In fact, he’s got a shot to be a high-end role player for many years to come, especially after averaging 15.8 ppg. on 39.9 percent shooting from deep. The Heat will take him here and put him in the Duncan Robinson role.

15. Portland Trail Blazers: Monte Morris (51)

Original Pick: Justin JacksonMonte Morris is arguably the best backup point guard in the NBA. These past two seasons, he’s averaged 9.7 ppg. and 3.6 apg. with 48-40-82 shooting splits in only 23.3 mpg. He’d be a perfect third guard for the Blazers behind Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, much like he’s been an excellent third guard for the Nuggets behind Jamal Murray and Gary Harris.

16. Chicago Bulls: Josh Hart (30)

Original Pick: Justin Patton Josh Hart was a steal for the Lakers at no. 30 in 2017, and he’ll be a nice player for the Bulls here at no. 16. Hart had a career-year last season that saw him average 10.1 ppg. and 6.5 rpg. His attacking style and excellent rebounding from the wing position makes him a valuable rotation piece. If he can improve his three-point shooting just a bit (34.2 percent last season), he’d be a very good role player in this league for years to come.

17. Milwaukee Bucks: Jonathan Isaac (6)

Original Pick: DJ WilsonThe Bucks take a big swing here and hope that Jonathan Isaac stays much healthier in this alternate reality. Isaac has twice appeared poised for a breakout, and twice suffered serous knee injuries, with the most recent one coming in the bubble (a torn ACL and meniscus) that will likely keep him out for the 2020-21 season. When healthy, Isaac is one of the best, and most versatile defenders in the NBA.

18. Indiana Pacers: Zach Collins (10)

Original Pick: TJ LeafThe Indiana Pacers value big men more than most teams do today, so it makes sense for them to grab a solid two-way big like Zach Collins at no. 18. Collins has had some injury issues, but his stretch-five skill set on offense (36.8 percent from three last year) and ability to move his feet pretty well on defense make most people confident that he’ll be a decent big man in the NBA for the next five to eight years.

19. Atlanta Hawks: Markelle Fultz (1)

Original Pick: John Collins That Hawks don’t get quick so fortunate as to land John Collins this time around. But, they do get a player with a lot of upside in Markelle Fultz. Fultz notoriously developed the yips and lost the ability to shoot early in his career with the 76ers. He’s improved a little bit, but still only shoots 26.7 percent from three. If he never develops a shot, he’ll end up being a similar player to Kris Dunn or Michael Carter-Williams. If he does develop a shot, he could be a huge steal this late in the draft.

20. Portland Trail Blazers: Josh Jackson (4)

Original Pick: Harry GilesMuch like the Fultz pick above, the Blazers take a swing on the upside of Josh Jackson here at no. 20. Phoenix definitely wasn’t an ideal environment for Jackson, but he grinded in the G-League for most of last season, then flashed some ability in 22 games for the Grizzlies, averaging 9 ppg. in only 17.3 mpg. Perhaps the Blazers’ strong, Damian Lillard-led culture keeps Jackson on the straight and narrow this time around.

21. OKC Thunder: Dennis Smith Jr. (9)

Original Pick: Jarrett AllenAfter a promising rookie season (15.2 ppg. and 5.2 apg.), Dennis Smith Jr.’s career has fallen off a cliff. He went from starting a point guard for a promising team in Dallas to barely playing for arguably the worst franchise in the NBA in the Knicks. There’s a productive player in there somewhere. I don’t know if any team will ever be able to summon it out of him at this point, but had a stable franchise like the Thunder drafted him out of NC State, his prospects would be much more promising.

22. Brooklyn Nets: Harry Giles (20)

Original Pick: Terrance FergusonOnce an elite high school prospect with Kevin Garnett-like potential, Harry Giles struggled to overcome his various knee injuries in high school and college, and fell to pick no. 20 in 2017. He’ll fall to no. 22 in this redraft. In his two NBA seasons, Giles has flashed a little potential, averaging 17.5 points, 9.9 rebounds and 3.5 assists per-36 minutes. He projects to at least be a decent backup NBA big man, but perhaps Brooklyn can help get a little more out of Giles than Sacramento has thus far.

23. Toronto Raptors: Malik Monk (11)

Original Pick: OG AnunobyMalik Monk has been a massive disappointment for the Hornets thus far in his career. Yet, I can’t entirely give up on a guy who had as many special performances in college as Monk did. I thought he had a chance to be a star lead guard at best, or a Lou Williams-type of sixth man off the bench at worst. With their excellent player development system, the Raptors roll the dice on Monk and try to improve his defense and court awareness so he’s on the court during the game’s key moments.

24. Utah Jazz: PJ Dozier (Undrafted)

Original Pick: Tyler LydonPJ Dozier’s numbers are unspectacular (5.8 ppg., 2.2 apg., 1.9 rpg.), but, trust me, he can play. If Denver didn’t have such a deep roster, you’d have heard a lot more about the 6-foot-6 guard out of South Carolina. If you watched the Nuggets at all in the bubble playoffs, Dozier had an impact as a defender and do-it-all guard in key stretches of the series against the Jazz and the Lakers. The Jazz will grab him at no. 24 here and play him Dante Exum’s spot in this new reality.

25. Orlando Magic: Frank Ntilikina (8)

Original Pick: Anžejs PasečņiksFrank Ntilikina, a.k.a. Frankie Smokes, is selected in a much more reasonable position this time around given the limited skill set he’s displayed thus far in his career. Ntilikina is a strong defender, but a poor offensive player – his career offensive rating per 100 possessions is 93 (not great!!). The Magic draft him at no. 25 and hope that he can grow under the tutelage of DJ Augustin.

26. Portland Trail Blazers: Jordan Bell (38)

Original Pick: Caleb SwaniganAt no. 26, the Blazers are merely looking for an occasional contributor, and they’ll get that with Jordan Bell. Although his career hasn’t played out like some expected it to when the Warriors purchased the 38th pick from the Bulls back in 2017, Bell played actual minutes against the Rockets and the Cavs for the Warriors during their title run in 2018, and then again against the Blazers in 2019. Having seen him up close and personal, the Blazers happily take him at no. 26.

27. Brooklyn Nets: Chris Boucher (Undrafted)

Original Pick: Kyle Kuzma Chris Boucher is one of those players the Raptors will randomly play big minutes when Toronto has some injuries, and will put up huge numbers like when he had 25 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks against the Bucks in the bubble. Boucher has an interesting skill set – he blocks 3.1 shots per-36 minutes and attempts 5.7 three point attempts per-36 minutes for his career.

28. LA Lakers: Tony Bradley (28)

Original Pick: Tony BradleyLast year was the first real time Tony Bradley got playing time in his three-year career. He proved to be a solid backup, averaging 15.5 points, 14.5 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per-36 minutes. The Lakers, who dealt him for the rights to Josh Hart on draft night in 2017, will actually hold onto Bradley this time around.

29. San Antonio Spurs: Damyean Dotson (44)

Original Pick: Derrick WhiteDamyean Dotson had a very nice sophomore campaign for the Knicks in 2018-19, as he averaged 10.7 ppg. and 3.6 rpg. while shooting 36.8 percent from three. His minutes regressed along with his game in 2019-20, but the Spurs have a way of getting the best out of all of their players – just look at guys like Patty Mills and Bryn Forbes.

30. Utah Jazz: Wesley Iwundu (33)

Original Pick: Josh Hart Wesley Iwundu is a player that you’ll occasionally see on the right night and wonder why isn’t this guy a more impactful player? He’s got a decent looking jumper and hit 36.7 percent of his threes in his second year. He’s also 6-foot-6 and has the tools to be a lockdown defender. For whatever reason, he hasn’t been able to put it all together (only 5.8 ppg. in 18.3 mpg. last season), but the Jazz should are optimistic here with the last choice of the first round.

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At one point, Jarrett Stidham was viewed by some as the potential future for the Patriots at quarterback. However, following a strong rookie training camp, the 2019 fourth-round pick never ... Read more »

76ers, Mavericks try and stave off elimination in Game 6

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Joel Embiid took a shot to the face that not even his mask could help him absorb. He went down in a heap and stayed on the ... Read more »

‘Defend, reimburse, represent': Greg Norman accelerates into PGA Tour collision course

Greg Norman addresses the media at Centurion Golf Club (AFP via Getty Images) Greg Norman pressed the accelerator on Wednesday as the inevitable collision course between his breakaway series and ... Read more »

Goorjian to be Dragons' foundation coach in new Asian league

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Brian Goorjian’s next adventure will be to build a team from the ground up after signing a two-year deal to be foundation coach of the Bay ... Read more »

Kevin De Bruyne left wanting more Man City goals despite netting four in win at Wolves

Kevin De Bruyne took centre stage at Molineux (Nick Potts/PA) (PA Wire) Kevin De Bruyne hailed a special night but felt he should have scored five after netting four times ... Read more »

Giannis jokes (?) about taking time off for Greek freakout

BOSTON (AP) — The Milwaukee Bucks are still alive in the NBA playoffs, but star Giannis Antetokounmpo is already joking about his plans for next year. After scoring 40 points ... Read more »

Kevin De Bruyne scores four as Manchester City thrash Wolves to close in on title

Kevin De Bruyne added to Man City’s healthy goal difference (AFP via Getty Images) It was supposed to be Liverpool who were doing the quadruple, not Kevin De Bruyne. But, ... Read more »

Tottenham vs Arsenal predicted line-ups: Team news ahead of the Premier League fixture tonight

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is closing in on taking the club back into the Champions League (Frank Augstein/AP) (AP) Arsenal travel to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Thursday night to ... Read more »

Kevin de Bruyne shines as a perfect false forward as Man City await their new No.9

De Bruyne struck four times against Wolves in City’s 5-1 win at Molyneux (Getty) Pep Guardiola can be the scourge of the centre-forward, the pioneer who threatens to render them ... Read more »

Frank Lampard opts for pragmatism and points over performances as the short-term fix for Everton

(Getty Images) Wednesday night’s 0-0 draw with Watford was the kind of result for Everton that does not need to be spoken of further. It was a point towards safety, ... Read more »

Arensman vertrekt bij Team DSM en lijkt op weg naar INEOS Grenadiers

Thymen Arensman vertrekt na dit wielerseizoen bij Team DSM, zo heeft de ploeg donderdag bevestigd aan VeloNews. De beloftevolle Nederlander gaat zeer waarschijnlijk een tweejarig contract bij INEOS Grenadiers tekenen. Read more »

PSV Vrouwen strikt met Worm derde Oranje-international voor komend seizoen

PSV Vrouwen heeft donderdag voor de derde keer in korte tijd een Oranje-international vastgelegd voor volgend seizoen. Siri Worm komt transfervrij over van Eintracht Frankfurt. Read more »